Huddersfield produced a shock result as they brought Manchester United’s unbeaten run to an end with a 2-1 victory at John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.
Huddersfield 2 Manchester United 1
Mooy opens for the hosts
Depoitre adds second after Lindelof error
Rashford scores consolation for visitors
The Terriers got their reward for a good start when Aaron Mooy robbed Juan Mata of possession and released Tom Ince into the area. Ince’s shot was saved into Mooy’s path and the midfielder finished well.
The hosts added their second after substitute Victor Lindelof missed his defensive header from a Huddersfield goal-kick allowing Laurent Depoitre to round David de Gea and score.
The visitors pulled a goal back in the 78th minute when substitute Marcus Rashford headed in a Romelu Lukaku cross, but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat.
The match started at a furious pace, with both teams flying into challenges. Huddersfield got the better of the visitors in the opening exchanges.
United had their first chance of the match in the seventh minute, with Lukaku turning and shooting after taking down a Nemanja Matic dink but his shot was well saved by Jonas Lossl.
The hosts then started threatening with Mooy swinging in a dangerous looking free kick in the 16th minute, only for Lukaku to hook the ball off the toes of Christopher Schindler.
In the 22nd minute United threatened again with Ashley Young crossing the ball for Lukaku, who tried an acrobatic scissor kick, only to see the ball go well wide of the post.
The visitors suffered a blow after Phil Jones went down injured and had to be substituted for Lindelof.
The hosts then shocked the away side after Mooy won the ball after a sloppy first-touch from Mata. Mooy drove forward and played Ince into the box, whose shot was deflected off the gloves of De Gea. Mooy arrived first to the deflection and finished well to put the home side 1-0 ahead in the 28th minute.
The Red Devils looked to respond immediately, winning two quick corners, but both were wasted.
The home side added to their lead in the 34th minute after Lindelof missed a header from a Lossl goalkick allowing Depoitre to run through on goal and round De Gea to score.
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The hosts enjoyed the majority of possession at the start of the second half, but much like the first half, could not create many chances from their dominance.
In the 52nd minute Young found himself in space and tried a shot from 25 yards out, but his long-range attempt went well wide.
Jose Mourinho brought Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on at half-time to make a difference and the English striker created a chance for the visitors in the 61st minute when his cross found Ander Herrera at the near post but he only turned the ball wide.
The hosts hit back in the 62nd minute when Rajiv van la Parra won a free kick which Mooy took. The free-kick was only partially cleared by the United defence and the ball fell to Van la Parra whose shot was well blocked.
The game then opened up and in the 66th minute Van la Parra crossed in to Depoitre with his back to goal but the striker could not turn and shoot.
The visitors came close to scoring first when Lukaku could not stretch to finish off a Rashford through-ball, and then when Herrera’s header was well saved by Lossl.
Minutes later United found their opener when Lukaku picked the ball up and drove at the Huddersfield defence, with his cross perfectly finding Rashford who made no mistake with his header.
The away side pushed Chris Smalling up front and the defender nearly found the equaliser in added time only for his back post shot to be well blocked by Zanka.